Staff Recommendations

A listing of staff proclivities, recommended by both past and present bookstore and publishing employees. Check back for new recommendations each month as we bring you the best of what we're reading or have read. Browse by title, author or staff member!



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  |  Don
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  |  Erin
  |  Garrett
  |  Greg
  |  Ivy
  |  Jared
  |  Lawrence
  |  Linda
  |  Michael
  |  Nancy
  |  Paul
  |  Peter
  |  Ryan
  |  Scott
  |  Stacey
  |  Tân
  |  Vanessa

   
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Christodora
A Novel
Tim Murphy
A captivating portrait of how ambition, compulsion, and trauma form and re-form the lives of us all, Christodora is a closely observed panoramic novel that powerfully evokes the danger, chaos, and wonder of New York City—and the strange and moving ways in which its dwellers' lives can intersect. Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books
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Pachinko
min-jin lee
A generational-historical epic in the grand tradition, lovingly drawn and flawlessly executed. Don't be fooled by its size—before you know it, you'll be slowly flipping the final pages, willing them to multiply. Recommended by Erin, City Lights Books
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Lucky Boy
a novel
Shanthi Sekaran
A prescient novel, the Bay Area's Shanthi Sekaran's Lucky Boy is the one book I'd require someone to read to the president (because, ya know . . . ) before he says or tweets one more horrifying thing about immigration policy in the U.S. —Recommended by Stacey, City Lights Publishers
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Writing to Save a Life
The Louis Till File
John Edgar Wideman
A major literary figure tells "a searching tale of loss, recovery, and deja vu that is part memoir and what-if speculation, part polemic and exposé" (The Washington Post) about two generations of one family—civil rights martyr Emmett Till and his father, Louis. Recommended by Scott City Lights Books
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Mortal Trash
Poems
Kim Addonizio
Chew with your mouth closed and read this book.  —Recommended by Ryan
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Eye of the Sixties
Richard Bellamy and the Transformation of Modern Art
Judith E. Stein
Based on decades of research and hundreds of interviews with artists, friends, dealers, and lovers, Judith Stein's Eye of the Sixties recovers the elusive Bellamy and tells the story of a counterculture that became the mainstream. Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books
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Difficult Women
Stories
Roxane Gay
"Roxane Gay does not mince words or shy away from investigating the power dynamics of sex. An outstanding collection of stories including 'The Sacrifice of Darkness,' the perfect companion to Ray Bradbury's classic 'All Summer in a Day.'" —Recommended by Stacey
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Mrs. Caliban
Rachel Ingalls
Who doesn't secretly want a frog monster boyfriend? —Recommended by Cassie & Vanessa
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The Nakano Thrift Shop
Hiromi Kawakami
This Japanese novel features three of my favorite things: loveable eccentrics, thrift shopping, and copious descriptions of food. Full of wry humor and unexpected details. —Recommended by Erin
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The End of Policing
Alex S Vitale
Reinvent the faulty wheel. —Recommended by Ivy
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The Unwomanly Face of War
An Oral History of Women in World War II
Svetlana Alexievich
A brutal map of suffering, courage, and the human cost of war. I would recommend this book based on Alexievich's introduction alone; her righteous anger rattles like a cold wind through bone-dry branches. —Recommended by Ivy
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Mother of All Pigs
a novel
Malu Halasa
DAMN! This here—a dynamic book about supporting each other, & reclaiming the essences of ones's self, set in a Jordanian town, filled with nuance & characters that I LOVE—is exactly what I needed. —Recommended by Jared
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Good Stock Strange Blood
Dawn Lundy Martin
"Like you, I am unforgiving. It might be a perversion of my blood, inherited like sore." —Recommended by Jared
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Letters to Memory
Karen Tei Yamashita
An excursion through the Japanese internment using archival materials from the Yamashita family as well as a series of epistolary conversations with composite characters representing a range of academic specialties. —Recommended by Paul

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